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'Ban will limit JuD, LeT's capacity to carry terror strikes'

world Updated: Dec 11, 2008 15:12 IST
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Hailing the ban on Pakistani organisation the Jamaat-ud-Dawah by the UN, the US on Thursday said the action would limit the ability of the group and its affiliated LeT to plan new terrorist attacks and acquire weapons.

"The UN Security Council action would serve as a tool to help member states deter activities of al qaeda and its affiliated group," the office of the Spokesman said in a statement.

"These actions will limit the ability of known terrorists to travel, acquire weapons, plan, carry out, or raise funds for new terrorist attacks," it said.

The crackdown by Pakistani forces on radical elements in the country was also taken note of by top US administration agencies, with Pentagon chief admiral Mike Mullen also praising the restraint shown by India in the face of gravest terror attacks in Mumbai.

While acknowledging that Pakistani forces had acted to curb the activities of the terrorist groups, Mullen held that many more such steps would be taken by Islamabad.

Saying there is a strong desire for justice on the part of the people of India, Mullen expressed gratefulness of the US for the restraint shown by India.

"...I will not go so far as to say that tensions were then or are now completely eased in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. You can imagine... The degree to which fear and uncertainty have gripped the Indian people and just how strong was their desire for justice", Mullen said at a Pentagon news briefing.